The work of paleobiologist George Poinar Jr. inspired Michael Crichton to write Jurassic Park. Poinar’s latest published research introduces us to a tiny flower found embedded in amber 100 million years ago in what is now northern Myanmar.
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The discovery is a type of angiosperm flowering plant and has been named Valviloculus pleristaminis. The stunningly well preserved specimen is a male flower which Poinar notes displays amazing detail.
“Despite being so small, the detail still remaining is amazing,” explains Poinar. “Our specimen was probably part of a cluster on the plant that contained many similar flowers, some possibly female. The male flower is tiny, about 2 millimeters across, but it has some 50 stamens arranged like a spiral, with anthers pointing toward the sky.”
(Image credit: George Poinar Jr.)